Where SCHEIDT has not reach his peak this year, last year's European runner up Tom SLINGSBY (AUS) has had a memorable season with four wins to date including victories at the ISAF Grade 1 Semaine Olympique Française, the Holland Regatta and most recently at the ISAF Grade 2 Warnemünde Woche in Germany.
Paul GOODISON (GBR) had been having an up and down season before an impressive victory in Kiel, where for much of the regatta he and SCHEIDT were neck-a-neck at the top of the leaderboard. That win had seemingly secured his place at top the Rankings, but in the latest release SCHEIDT came back to reclaim the top spot. GOODISON has always been amongst the strongest challengers at the Europeans with top five finishes in all of the last five years, but he has never won the title.
That is something that Vasilij ZBOGAR (SLO) has done, with the Olympic bronze medallist winning in Split, Croatia two years ago. However reigning European Champion Phillipe BERGMANS (BEL) does not look set to defend his title.
Olympic silver medallist Andreas GERITZER (AUT) will also be amongst the strongest challengers whilst the contingent of five Spanish sailors will be looking to take advantage of sailing on home waters.
Great Britain is sending the largest number of sailors with GOODISON heading the 14 strong team which includes 2004 and 2005 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Champions, Nick THOMPSON and Giles SCOTT respectively. They will be aiming to re-establish the dominance the Brits held over the event in the later 1990s when, lead by Ben AINSLIE they held the title for five years running.
The Laser always provides a diverse fleet and this year is no exception. 37 nations are represented on the entry list in Cartenga with sailors coming from every continent.
Tomorrow measurement and registration comes to an end with the practice race following at 1400 hours local time. The Championship gets underway on Sunday with two races in the qualifying series. Two more races are scheduled for each of the next three days before the final series begins with two races on Thursday. Two more races on Friday bring the Championship to a close and will decide the 2005 European Champion.